Editorials

Making the Grade

A REPORT from the Ohio Board of Regents for higher education yields mixed reviews. The academic group developed a list of 10-year goals in 2008 for improving the state's educational system.Two years removed from that undertaking, we give the Ohio Board of Regents a B- for its efforts.The Board ...

Going Green

TAKING CARE of the land that takes care of us.Thursday is Earth Day, when Americans from coast to coast recognize the importance of our environment. Along those lines, the Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee staged its seventh annual tree planting Saturday. Some 200 volunteers donated ...

Road Work Ahead

WE'RE JUST getting into construction season, and for the next several months we'll be seeing more orange barrels on Ohio roadways than ever before.For travelers, this will mean more delays, detours and traffic congestion than usual will be down the road.But that's alright.This month the Ohio ...

Volunteer Week

VOLUNTEERISM MAKES the world go round.That may be a little of a stretch, but volunteers and the tasks they deliver are priceless.They make the world a much better place. We are indebted to them for countless acts of helping their fellow man while expecting nothing in return.In conjunction with ...

Better Leadership

THE BALL is now in the hands of the Martins Ferry School District administration. The superintendent and board of education have squeezed as much blood from the turnip as possible.The board of education, by a 5-0 vote Monday night, opted to enact changes to the district's two health insurance ...

Private Talks

THE BELLAIRE Local School District is in dire straits. A $3 million deficit is no small hole to dig out from, a perilous situation the district currently finds itself in.That is why we find it disturbing to see that the Bellaire Education Association and school board are engaged in a public ...

Famous Americans

UNION Local sixth-grade teacher Sheryl Sonk and others involved with the Famous Americans Fair apparently agree with author David McCullough, who once noted, "No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read."A two-time Pulitizer Prize winner for his books about John ...

Racing Teams

IT'S ALL about the kids.That theme was popularized by the late Sam Mumley. The former OVAC Executive Secretary worked tirelessly for the betterment of youth in the Ohio Valley.So as we see the dawning of a second Soap Box Derby in the Ohio Valley, we believe that proves a wonderful opportunity ...

Pay Adjustments

LAST WEEK, the Belmont County Commissioners cast a split vote on pay adjustments for four administrators and supervisors at the county's department of job and family services.The motions passed, with a dissenting votes cast in light of the uncertain fiscal situation at the department when the ...

Learning Tool

NEWSPAPERS ARE a great educational tool in classrooms around the country. Locally, Newspapers In Education has made a major impact in the lives of countless students.THE NIE program is coordinated by The Times Leader and our sister papers in Wheeling. We provide newspapers and related ...

Bulldog Bonding

MORE SCHOOL districts should use Bridgeport as the blueprint for teamwork and cooperation.The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District is like other Eastern Ohio school systems, always staging a continuous battle to keep finances in the black. Bridgeport is seeking approval for a crucial ...

Job Growth

ACCORDING TO the U.S. Department of Labor, there are new jobs popping up across the nation. Many view this as another sign that the federal government's economic recovery plans are working.While it never hurts to be optimistic, we have to take this information with a grain of salt.It's true ...

Women In Space

"YOU'VE come a long way, baby," might sound rather sexist and possibly politically incorrect (as too many things are), but the Virginia Slims slogan initiated in the late 1960s jauntily sums up the progress of women in the space program.Three women were among the seven astronauts on the space ...

Ohio Union

THOSE at The Ohio State University know how to celebrate - and this time, it isn't a football victory.Thousands of students poured into the new $118 million student union when it opened last week.And, that isn't all as the celebration is just beginning. Special activities are planned this ...

Stronger Ormet

ORMET CORP. means a great deal to the financial well-being of Monroe County, if not the entire Ohio Valley. The aluminum-producing plant, however, has seen its share of ups and downs over the course of the last decade.The Hannibal-based facility once employed thousands of workers with ...

Reason for Hope

IN TODAY'S tough economic climate, any piece of good news is worth embracing.Wednesday's weekly Belmont County commissioners' meeting generated a glimmer of economic optimism. County Auditor Andy Sutak delivered his monthly fiscal update, this one being well received by county officials.Sutak ...

Alcohol Awareness

It may be hard to believe, but April is just around the corner. Spring has arrived and the weather is breaking, with a beautiful weekend in store. Forecasts are calling for mostly sunny skies with highs hitting 80.Spring is in many ways a time for rebirth, and for many people it's the perfect ...

Be Counted

Most people in the Ohio Valley and across the nation have received their official U.S. Census forms. Residents who have not yet received the forms will likely be receiving them soon.It's vital that everyone fill out their forms and return them. Although many of us are busy and may put the ...

Save U.S. Grant

"I PROPOSE to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer."Those words by Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant could be used when defending the continuation of Grant's likeness on the $50 bill.U.S. Rep. Patrick T. McHenry and others early this month proposed to replace the former general and ...

Where does it end?

JOIN THE club. Unfortunately the Village of Shadyside is experiencing what many of its neighboring communities already have dealt with, that being forced to make major and painful cutbacks.Shadyside council members addressed the village's financial problems head on this week. It is a scenario ...